The UC Davis softball team continued its strong start to the season with a doubleheader sweep at St. Mary’s on Saturday. The Aggies won the first game 1-0 behind a complete-game shutout by Jessica Hancock.
In the second game, UC Davis scored 10 runs in the top of the seventh to break open a one-run game on its way to an 11-0 victory. The wins improve the Aggies to 7-3 on the year.
Hancock and Alex Holmes each picked up victories in the circle as the Aggies lowered their team ERA to 0.81 on the year. A total of seven Aggies drove in runs on the day. Jessica Gonzalez had four RBIs in the second game while Erin Emde finished with three. Sarah Axelson also hit her second home run of the year.
UC Davis is next in action Wednesday when it hosts Santa Clara at 2 p.m.
The Aggies were defeated by San Francisco, 5-2, Saturday afternoon in a non-conference match at the Cal Club. The teams played singles first, where the Dons picked up five wins to clinch the overall victory. The Aggies then won the doubles point by posting two wins. The loss drops UC Davis to 1-5 on the year while USF improves to 2-5.
The lone Aggie singles victory came from Nick Lopez, who defeated Asaf Cohen at No. 2, 6-4, 6-3.
In doubles, Michael Reiser teamed with Nic Amaroli to win at No. 1 over Mitch del Rosario and Torin Ching, 8-4. The clinching match came at No. 3 where Josh Albert and Tyler Lee defeated Peder Steen and Alex Kotlyar, 8-5.
For the second time in as many matches, the UC Davis women’s tennis team was defeated by a score of 4-3. This time the opponent was San Francisco, as the Dons edged the Aggies Friday afternoon at Golden Gate Park. Jenna Kappel won twice for UC Davis, which fell to 5-7 on the year. USF improved to 4-2.
The Dons began the match by claiming a hard-fought doubles point. The first match to finish was at No. 3 as Kappel and Andrea Phillips defeated Jessy Mekpoh and Julia Wartenburger, 8-4. The next win went to the Dons when Cecilia Gratian and Jennifer-Lee Heinser defeated Randi Schuler and Desiree Stone, 8-4.
The deciding doubles match came down to No. 2 as Mylene Martin and Alana McMahon outlasted Herzyl Legaspi and Dahra Zamudio, 9-7.
USF won the first two singles matches that finished to extend its lead to 3-0. The Aggies battled back with consecutive wins of their own. Kappel started it with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Mekpoh at No. 5. Zamudio pulled UC Davis within 3-2 as she came from behind at No. 3 to defeat Gratian, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5.
San Francisco clinched the win with the match at No. 2 when Martin won a three-setter against Stone to make it 4-2. The final match went to Jessica Harris at No. 6.
UC Davis returns to action Feb. 24 when it plays at San Jose State.
Aggie Digest is compiled by the California Aggie sports staff with briefs from the UC Davis athletics website, ucdavisaggies.com.